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Page 10-Thursday, March 17, 1983-The Michigan Daily


'M'netters look to bounce back

Starting sectional play today against Kalamazoo
College, the Michigan men's tennis team sports a 4-7
record. Normally, that would not be much cause for
optimism but tennis coach Brian Eisner is talking
about winning a 16th consecutive Big Ten champion-
ship and reaching the NCAA tournament at the end of
the season.
"To say that we've started out with a demanding
schedule is an understatement," said Eisner. 10 of
the 11 teams Michigan has played are or have been
ranked in the top 20 in the nation this season. Since
many of the matches were close, Eisner estimates
that with a little luck the Wolverines could be 7-4 or
even 8-3 right now.
THE TOUGHEST part of the season is now over for
the Wolverines, as they start to play other mid-
western teams. Michigan is the only Big Ten team to
consistently rank in the top 20 nationally and, accor-
ding to Eisner, no other team in the nation has been
able to dominate play in its region the way Michigan
has. "I look for a very positive rest of the season," he
Looking to challenge Michigan for the Big Ten title
this year will be Minnesota, Northwestern, Wisconsin
and Illinois. Minnesota shared the championship with
the Wolverines two years ago and continues to field

strong teams, while Northwestern has split two mat-
ches against the Gophers this season. Wisconsin
returns the same team that finished third in the con-
ference last year, with an extra year of experience.
Illinois coach Brad Louderback has worked with
the U.S. junior Davis Cup team the last two summers
and that has payed off in recruiting, according to
Eisner. With the addition of freshmen Dave Goodman
and Mike Meyer, the Illini could be a contender.
"Everyone knows we're the team to beat," said
Eisner. "It's always tougher to be expected to win. In
the Big Ten, we're always expected to, and I wouldn't
have it any other way." Being on top may be tough,
but it's better than not being on top.
TODAY'S OPPONENT, Kalamazoo College, will
be playing its first match of the season. The visiting
Hornets return two of the five Division III All-
Americans that led the team to victories over
Michigan State and Notre Dame on the way to a
second place NCAA Division III finish. Coach George
Acker received the Division III Coach of the Year
award last year.
"To be a good team," said Eisner, "you have to
play good people. There is no reason for us ever to
play a weak team. They (Kalamazoo) have been year
in, year out, the best team in Division III. They are an
outstanding team."

Acker, however, was not too optimistic when asked
about the Hornets' chances of winning today. "Well, I
hope not," said Acker, whose school is not allowed to
give athletic scholarships. "We would probably be
investigated if we did. If we ever beat them
(Michigan) the NCAA would be here the next day."
"WE'VE HAD some close matches with them,"
said Acker. "We lost a couple 7-2. We're just trying to
stay on their schedule."
Michigan's top singles player, Mark Mees,
although nursing a hip injury, is expected to play and
will take on Ven Johnson.
The other five Wolverine singles players will be
Ross Laser, Tom Haney, Jim Sharton, Rodd
Schreiber and Hugh Kwok, while Kalamazoo will
field Tim Corwin, David Higdon, Adam Battorff,
Chris Yates, Eric Trautmann, and Fred Fischer.
Michigan's Kurt Lichman will take on Butch:
Gebhardt in an exhibition match.
Doubles matches will feature Mees-Haney vs.
Johnson-Korwin, Laser-Sharton vs. Yates-Higdon
and Kwok-Schreiber vs. Battorff-Fischer.
Today's match will start at 1:00 p.m. at the Liberty
Racquet Club.

Real football at 'M' Stadium?

Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Mark Mees' shows his top singles form in a match last season. Although he
is just recovering from a hip injury, Mees is expected to play today against
Ven Johnson from Kalamazoo in the number one singles match.
nine nips Rollins
to remain a undefeated

Are you sitting here in southeastern
Michigan downcast over your relative
unimportance in the world? Well con-
sider this: in 1986 Ann Arbor could be a
site for the biggest single-sport event on
the globe - the World Cup of soccer.
That's right. In three years you could
be watching Cameroon and Argentina
battling it out in front of 100,000
delirious Argentinian soccer fans in
Michigan Stadium.
Federation has put in a bid to host the
'86 World Cup in this country and
Michigan Stadium was submitted as
one of the sites. Should the United
States be selected as the host country,
there will definitely be three first round
games played in Ann Arbor. There is

also a strong possibility of Michigan
Stadium hosting second round matches
and a slim chance of it hosting the final
championship match.
Yesterday a meeting was held at
Metro Airport between representatives
of the U.S. Soccer Federation, Phil
Woosnam and John Carbray, and
spokesmen from different parts of the
Detroit area including Ann Arbor
Mayor Louis Belcher.
According to Michigan assistant
athletic director Will Perry, the
meeting was to bring the community
together with this project and to see if
there was enough interest to support
the idea. Athletic director Don Canham
indicated that the University is very in-
terested in hosting the event and Perry
said that it would mean "a tremendous
thing to the state of Michigan."

(Federation International of Football
Association) will tour all the proposed
sites between April 15-20 and will hold
a meeting May 18 in Sweden to award
the World Cup to a host country. The
other nations in the running for the
event are Mexico and Canada.
The Cup was originally to be held in
Columbia in '86, but that country
decided it did not have the facilities to
handle the expanded field. After
Columbia declined the tournament,
Brazil was considered to be the leading
candidate, but it recently withdrew
from consideration for unknown
The World Cup tournament consists
of 24 nations that are divided into six
divisions of four teams. The format that
was used in Spain last year consisted of

Special to the Daily
The Michigan baseball team took its
seventh straight win yesterday, downing
Rollins College, 5-4. The victory gives
the Wolverines their best start since
1966, and puts them in the lead of the
Rollins Invitational Tournament.
Pitcher Rich Stoll won his second
game, raising his record to 2-0. The
junior right-hander scattered 10 hits
over his nine-inning performance, and
walked two.
MICHIGAN took a 1-0 lead in the first
inning when freshman shortstop Barry
Larkin drove the game's second pitch

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375 feet over the left field fence.
Rollins went ahead, 3-1 in the fourth
on a double, a single, and a two-run
home run by Jon Cullen. Freshman
center fielder Dan Disher, playing his
first season in the outfield, got a glove
on the ball. But when he smashed into
the wall, the ball dropped out of his
glove and over the fence.
Cullen paid the Wolverines back in
the fourth inning however. Chris Sabo
was safe on an error and Ken Hayward
singled. Jeff Jacobson followed with
another single, scoring Sabo, and when
the ball got past Cullen in left, Hayward
scored to tie the game.
Rollins went ahead again, 4-3, in the
fifth with a two-out rally. After a single
by Steve Altier and a walk to Todd Bar-
ton, Dave McCoy doubled to score
Altier. Barton tried to score, but a per-
fect relay from Disher to Larkin to Rich
Bair nailed him at the plate.
With two out in the eighth and
Michigan having gone hitless since the
fourth, Hayward and Jacobson drew
walks from losing pitcher Tad Slowik
(3-1). Senior Fred Erdjnann, a pinch-
hitter, hit a two run double to the left-
center field fence, giving the
Wolverines the tying and winning runs.
Michigan will meet Virginia at 9:30
a.m. today and Yale at noon, weather

Needham strikes Gold


Its a sunny afternoon at Denver's
Mile High Stadium-and a large crowd is
taking in an afternoon of USFL football.
The crowd is pleased with the occuren-
ces on the field thus far since the home-
town Denver Gold has just marched
down the turf against the Boston
Breakers and are about to attempt a
short field goal that would give it an
early lead.
The ball is snapped cleanly but a strong

when a trade to another USFL team fell
through, he was cut by Michigan and
the Breakers picked him up the
next day.
"IT WAS A convenient move, I just
went from Daytona Beach (site of the
Panthers' camp) to Orlando (winter
home of the Breakers)," said
Needham. "I spent three weeks at the
Breakers camp and have started both
games at right-outside linebacker so
far. So things have worked out well, I
think we have a good team."
Not only has Needham found a foot-
ball home, last Sunday in Denver he
became a USFL superstar with his long
touchdown run.
"Scoring was a big thrill. The game
was 0-0 at the time and that play helped
us to our first win," said Needham.
"When I got to the 20-yard line, I got
pretty excited because I knew I was
going to score. But I was pretty tired
AFTER LEAVING Michigan last
year, Needham was drafted in the sixth
round of the NFL draft -by the Cincin-
nati Bengals and lasted until the final
cut. He was waiting for an NFL team to
pick him up during the season but the
strike ended those possibilities.
However, the new league has given him
another chance.
"Things are more basic here than
they were in Cincinnati," said
Needham. "But that's understandable
since everyone's together for the first
time. The Bengals have guys that have
been there for ten years and already

inside rush by the BreaKers gets in
and defects the kick up in the air. The
ball lands in the hands of a Boston
lineman who bolts 68 yards down the
field for a score that turned the game
"WHO WAS that guy?" the Denver
fans ask themselves. A quick check of
the program reveals that the player is
none other than Ben Needham.
Ben Needham? He played at
Michigan.Why isn't he playing for the
Michigan Panthers like Anthony Car-
ter, Marion Body and the rest of the
USFL Wolverines?
Well, as the story goes, Needham was
playing for the Panthers and was in
their training camp about ten days. But

know what's going on. But I'm sure that
the defense will get more complex as
time goes on.
"As far as the camp itself goes,
everything's almost identical," added
the Groveport, Ohio native. "Our coach
here, Dick Coury, was with
Philadelphia for a long time so he
knows how to run a camp. We've had a
little more practice time here but the
meetings and everything have been the
same. Except that in Florida we stayed
in a hotel instead of a dorm. All the
schools were in session so they had to
put us in a hotel, which is much nicer."
The field of play, though, is one thing
that won't be identical to Needham's
... scores 68 yard TD
past football experience. He spent four
years at Michigan Stadium in front of
100,000 people but the Breakers will
play at Boston University's Wilkerson
Field, which has a capacity of about
"After playing our first two games on
the road, we finally came to Boston this
week and there has been a lot of op-
timism about the team and the press is
excited about it," said Needham. "If we
keep winning, that will build. I think the
USFL has a great chance of surviving.
The quality of play has been very sur-
prising, even to those that expected it to
be very good."
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the countries playing a round-robin
schedule within the division for the first
round and the top two finishers in each
section moving on to the second round.
In that round there are four divisions of
three teams and again they play a
round-robin schedule.
THE WINNERS of each division in
the second round then play single
elimination semifinals to determine the
two finalists.
The U.S. Soccer Federation has
drawn up potential sites for the first
round, but the hosts of games past the
first round will be chosen at a later
date. If the World Cup is held in
America there is an excellent chance of
more than the first round games being
played in Ann Arbor.
Being the largst field in the country
along with the Rose Bowl, Michigan
Stadium is a prime candidate for more
action, and according to Woosnam,
would be in consideration for thea
semifinal and championship games
along with theRose Bowl, Giants
Stadium in New Jersey and maybe the
Orange Bowl in Miami.
FIFA RULES require that all games
in the tournament be played on natural
grass, so the artifical turf at Michigan
Stadium would hve to be covered with
sod. Also the games could be played at
night. But with the portable lighting
systems available, Perry said that
neither case would be a problem.
On the whole Perry was very excited
about the possibilities. "There is plenty
of room to acccommodate visitors
through the hotels in the area and the
university dorms and the transpor-
tation is no problem," he commented,
"Due to the number of games, the
World Cup could dwarf the Super Bowl
as far as income to the community."
advance in
NIT tourney
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Jimmy
Foster and Kenny Holmes combined for
55 points to lead South Carolina to a 100-
90 basketball victory over Old
Dominion in the first round of the
National Invitational Tournament last
Foster, a senior center, scored a
career-high 31 points and holmes had
24, 12 of them midway in the second half
when South Carolina built its largest
lead, 67-49.
Texas Christian 64,
Tulsa 62
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Texas4
Christian forward Doug Arnold hit a
jump shot with five seconds left to lift
the Horned Frogs to a 64-62 win over
Tulsa in the first round of the National
Invitation Tournament yesterday.
Arnold, a 6-9 senior, finished with 20
points and pulled down 17 rebounds for
Texas Christian, which improved its
record to 22-10.
NIT Basketball
South Carolina 100, Old Dominion 90
NBA Basketball
Utah 125 Detroit 115
New Jersey 96, Cleveland 90
NIIL Hockey
Washington 5, Hartford 4
Buffalo 5, Calgary 3
NY Rangers 2, NY Islanders t

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